Real-Time Traffic Maps Now Available With One Click on Computer Desktop

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Drivers in 12 Traffic-Tangled Cities Can Save Time with Free TrafficGauge for PC Download

Today the company that launched the first “mobile traffic map” in the U.S., TrafficGauge Inc., announced another first: downloadable traffic maps for computer desktops. Real-time traffic maps for Atlanta, Chicago, Denver Los Angeles/Orange County, Minneapolis, Orange County/Inland Empire (California), Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Seattle are now available at http://www.trafficgauge.com.

“Starting today drivers can instantly view a real-time traffic map with a single mouse click,” reports Eric Meyer, CEO, TrafficGauge. “So before commuters do battle with freeway traffic, with one glance at their computer screen they can see where the jams are and pick a quicker route.”

The company’s hand-held TrafficGauge Mobile Traffic Map® device was introduced to Seattle in 2003, to Los Angeles in 2004 and most recently to the San Francisco Bay Area in November 2005.

Delivering real-time traffic conditions wirelessly anytime and anywhere, the TrafficGauge Mobile Traffic Map saves commuters the time and frustration of being stuck in traffic -- users report saving on average more than eight hours a month. Chicago will be the next market to benefit from the device with a planned introduction later this year.

“The portable TrafficGauge device is still the best way to outsmart traffic from the driver’s seats by pinpointing gridlocked areas,” says Meyer. “Nothing beats having a real-time update delivered into the car, but with TrafficGauge for PC users can view traffic from their home or office computer and have a birds-eye view of conditions before they hit the road.”

TrafficGauge for PC enables users to view traffic with just one click of a “T” icon on the computer desktop. Like the hand-held device, TrafficGauge for PC is automatically updated 24/7.

TrafficGauge receives its traffic flow data via partnerships with public agencies and private companies that use wire loop, radar, or toll tag sensors to measure traffic speeds. TrafficGauge processes traffic flow data from these sources, dynamically selecting the best available data. Traffic data is then delivered over a wireless network to mobile traffic maps and over the internet to computer desktops.

About TrafficGauge for PC

TrafficGauge for PC is a free application that provides a convenient at-a-glance traffic map of a region’s freeway grid. Light, medium, and heavy traffic flows are indicated, along with home sports events that can impact traffic. After a quick download, the map automatically appears when the user’s computer is booted up or when the user clicks the “T” icon in the system tray (in the lower right hand corner of the screen.) The application also comes with an optional real-time traffic screensaver.

The program is a free download available at http://www.trafficgauge.com. Users need to have Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating systems.

About TrafficGauge Inc.

The idea behind TrafficGauge was born during an especially long and aggravating commute by the company’s Founder and President, Ryan Peterson. TrafficGauge Inc., founded in 1999, is committed to saving wasted time and unnecessary stress on the road by delivering real-time traffic information where it’s needed most – in the car, home, or office. The privately-held corporation is headquartered in Seattle. TrafficGauge holds U.S. Patent #6,728,628. For more information visit http://www.trafficgauge.com.    

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